Bri­tish psy­chother­a­pist: Brexit is con­tribut­ing to mar­riage break­downs

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A Bri­tish psy­chother­a­pist said Brexit is con­tribut­ing to mar­riage break­downs, say­ing when the re­la­tion­ships broke down, it con­tin­ued to ‘disen­tan­gle it fur­ther’.

Pa­tri­cia Hunt, the vice chair of the UK Coun­cil for Psy­chother­apy, told the Ir­ish Coun­cil of Psy­chother­apy that they had been doc­u­ment­ing the re­ported feel­ings as­so­ci­ated with the vote, the­jour­ re­ported.

This in­cludes the ef­fect it has had on re­la­tion­ships.

“It’s cre­ated fam­ily ten­sion. We know it’s con­trib­uted to some mar­riage break­down, it’s not the only rea­son for mar­riage break­down but it might be the fi­nal thing.

“It’s also had pro­found ef­fects on fam­i­lies be­cause of a split in the vot­ing – gen­er­a­tional splits par­tic­u­larly. The ma­jor­ity of young peo­ple voted to re­main, whilst the ma­jor­ity of over 65s voted to leave. ”

She said that there was a clinic in Lon­don that had been set up specif­i­cally to deal with the fears of peo­ple who live in Bri­tain but might not be able to stay be­cause of Brexit.

“They are com­pletely over­whelmed by de­mand,” she added.

Hunt said that the frac­tured na­ture of Brexit could lead peo­ple to con­nect that with a sense of be­ing cut off that they may have ex­pe­ri­enced else­where.

“What does Brexit sym­bol­ize for peo­ple? To what ex­tent do they feel like they be­long, or they don’t be­long?”

She said that the sense that it was ‘ir­re­versible’ makes peo­ple feel pow­er­less, and feel a sense of grief or loss as a re­sult.

“The sort of things that we’re all doc­u­ment­ing is senses of fear, anx­i­ety, shame, and a loss of a sense of safety.

“Peo­ple hadn’t re­al­ized the sense of their iden­tity and their per­sona was based on their sense of their na­tion­hood un­til it be­came chal­lenged by the vote, and that gives peo­ple a sense of in­se­cu­rity.”

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May MATT DUN­HAM/PA IMAGES

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